In glorious spring weather Withycombe Under-15s became the first local team to take to competitive action since Lockdown restrictions were ended and the Withy youngsters were clearly determined to make the most of a welcome return to action as they defeated Ivybridge 28-19.
Ivybridge are a well-drilled, skilful and powerful side and what followed was an excellent contest and most certainly a great advert for the touch game all well marshalled by an independent referee.
From the outset the skills on show from both sides, be it in attack or defence, were outstanding with some superb running lines, passes and support play.
Withy gained the upper hand over the first two quarters making the most of the limited space being left by the well marshalled Bridger’s’ defence.
Halfway through the third quarter Ivybridge got themselves on the score sheet, and from this point on it became a game of stout Withy defending against wave after wave of attacking.
The Bridger’s were also aided by the fact that they had six substitutes, and so were able to introduce plenty of fresh legs, and this began to take its toll on the Withy players on what was as energy sapping day.
However, this Withy U15 side is made of stern stuff and constant defensive pressure did lead to some attacking mistakes, but the Bridger’s pressed and did add two further scores.
When the final whistle was blown it was Withy who were able to enjoy the spoils of victory.
The teams meet again in a couple of weeks in Ivybridge.